Iran quake toll, already at 530, may rise amid search for victims

Iran quake toll, already at 530, may rise amid search for victims

It reported that the death toll of 530, made it Iran's deadliest natural disaster in over a decade, while thousands of people were injured and 30,000 homes damaged, adding that two whole villages were destroyed.

Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt of the temblor Sunday night, with authorities saying Monday that the quake killed 407 people in Iran and injured 6,700.

According to official tallies, at least 420 Iranians died and over 7,370 others were injured after the quake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale, whose epicenter was near Halabjah, southeast of Iraq's Sulaymaniyah, left massive damages in the Iranian border province.

The 7.3-magnitutde quake killed over 400 people, mainly in Iran. The worst damage appeared to be in the Kurdish town of Sarpol-e-Zahab in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah.

The apartment complexes sit next to lush pastures in the nearly entirely Kurdish province of Kermanshah, nestled in the Zagros Mountains along the border with Iraq.

Iran's Red Crescent Society officials announced on Monday evening that the rescue operations in Kermanshah will be completed in a few hours.

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The quake was centred near the border of Iraq and Iran, and was felt for hundreds of kilometres.

Numerous damaged buildings were built during former hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration, though some of them were completed and handed over to the residents under Rouhani.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is promising to rebuild the country's earthquake-devastated area in the "shortest" timespan possible.

Iran has encountered multiple earthquakes in its past, as it sits atop of the Arabian and Eurasian tectonic plates.

I remember the quote: "Earthquakes don't kill people". The only hospital in the town was heavily damaged and the army set field hospitals. Outside walls of some buildings were sheared off, power and water lines were severed, and telephone service was disrupted.

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